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Quality Handbook

AQH-F21-1 Dual Award Regulations for the


University of Sunderland and SEGi University, Kota
Damansara, Malaysia
Version 6.0 July 2016

Version History
Version

Occasion of
Change
Original placed in
Academic Quality
Handbook
Restructured
section of Dual
Awards regs.

Change
author
S Sutcliffe

Date of
modification
July 2013

Modifications made

S Patience

August 2013

A Roberts

April 2014

4.0

Dual Award
Programme
Approval, October
2013
Review

New folder added to AQH for


SEGi Dual Awards regulations.
Number changed from AQHF20-4
New programmes added

I Rowan

October 2014

5.0

Review

6.0

Review

S. BoothMalone
S. BoothMalone

September
2015
July 2016

1.0

2.0

3.0

Changes to the number of


attempts for MBA students
Programmes removed due to
lack of recruitment.
Hospitality Management
removed due to lack of
recruitment

Section 1
DUAL AWARD REGULATIONS
A. Programmes offered and parameters of the dual award
1. The following dual awards are offered:
SEGi University (SEGi), at Kota Damansara Malaysia
Master of Business Administration (General Management)
Master of Business Administration (Global Business)
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Engineering: Mechanical
(the SEGi award certificate and transcript will carry the title: BEng (Hons) in
Mechanical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Engineering: Electronic and Electrical

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(the SEGi award certificate and transcript will carry the title: BEng (Hons) in
Electronic and Electrical Engineering)
2. These awards are made by the University of Sunderland with SEGi such that
graduates receive an award from each institution for the same programme of study.
3. There are no dual exit awards at Certificate or Diploma level.
4. The University of Sunderland will not make any award to any student to whom SEGi
does not also make an award.
5. The University of Sunderland may withhold a University award or University credits
from, or decline to support the progression of, a student whom SEGi nevertheless
wishes to progress or to whom SEGi wishes to give their credits or award, if the
relevant academic representatives of the University do not believe that the standards
of the University of Sunderland have been met. This may include concern or
disagreement about:
a. the academic standard reached in the work assessed and/or the mark(s)
awarded
b. an infringement in assessed work (coursework or examinations) which may
include concern about the investigation into the infringement and/or the
penalty imposed
c. the outcome of consideration of extenuating circumstances
d. the outcome of an appeal by the student
e. the outcome of a disciplinary action taken by either SEGi or the University of
Sunderland.
In such a case:
a. a recommendation must be made by the relevant academic representative(s)
of the University of Sunderland to the Dean or Associate Dean of the relevant
Faculty for approval;
b. any award made by SEGi will be the home-grown SEGi award and will have
the title of that programme;
c. the student will have the right of appeal to the University of Sunderland under
the Universitys standard criteria and processes;
d. SEGi will provide the student with information about the decisions taken by
each institution and advice about his/her options including appeal. The
University of Sunderland will provide a contact to whom the student may
speak;
e. the student will be entitled to a transcript from the University of Sunderland
showing the University credits achieved to date.

B. Recording of marks and awards


1. Students progression status is reviewed, and marks confirmed by the SEGi Course
Board. Awards are made by the SEGi University Examinations Board. Both Boards
include representation from the University of Sunderland.
2. Marks are recorded by each institution using their own grading scales; at the
University of Sunderland this is a percentage scale. Marks recorded by the
University of Sunderland are established in line with the Universitys generic
assessment criteria following approved assessment processes including moderation.
3. The University of Sunderland will classify dual award undergraduate degrees, award
merits or distinctions in Masters degrees and award credits without a final award as

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applicable in line with its regulations subject to the approved variations in these
regulations.
4. The modules which will contribute to the classification of the degree as a Sunderland
award will be those designated in the programme specification as modules for years
2 and 3 of three-year programmes and for years 3 and 4 of four-year programmes.
The marks for all the credits in the relevant years will be averaged for degree
classification purposes with the marks for the final year weighted at 80% and those
for the penultimate year at 20%.
5. Merit and Distinction at Masters level for the MBA will be awarded by the University
of Sunderland on the basis of average marks of 60% and 70% respectively in the
following modules:
Masters Project (24 credits)
Research Methodology (16 credits)
Strategic Management (12 credits)
Organisational Behaviour (12 credits)
6. Borderline awards are defined and will be considered as per the regulations of the
University of Sunderland for the purposes of classifying the Sunderland award.
7. The exercise of discretion by the Assessment Board may not reduce the class of the
award but may increase it. In such cases the mark(s) awarded will not be changed on
the University of Sunderland transcript.
8. Modules in English language and in socio-cultural topics which are not subjectspecific to the degree programme but are required to meet Malaysian Qualifications
Agency (MQA) requirements will be excluded from the University of Sunderlands
records and will not be taken into account in the calculation of any University of
Sunderland award nor appear on any University of Sunderland transcript. If a student
is required by SEGi to withdraw from the programme of study as a result of failure or
infringement in any of these modules this will be respected by the University of
Sunderland which will issue a transcript showing any credits to which the student is
entitled.
9. Each institution will issue a transcript using its grading scheme. The transcript issued
by the University of Sunderland will record the location of study and the award
parchment will refer to it in the usual way. The Sunderland parchment will also note
that this is a dual award.
10. Each institution will issue its own parchment.
C. Progression requirements and penalties
1. The normal attendance requirements in force at SEGi, including the requirement to
repeat the module if attendance is inadequate, apply to dual awards.
2. The penalties for late submission are as follows:
a. if the work is up to 7 days (including working days and weekends /
holidays) late the work will be marked but the mark capped at the
threshold pass mark;
if the work is submitted on or after the 7th day the work will not be marked
and will receive a mark of zero.
3. A student may not re-sit, be referred in, or repeat a module which he/she has passed.
4. Undergraduate and Masters, including MBA, students have the following
opportunities to redeem a failed module:
a. one referral (retake the failed element(s) of assessment via a
supplementary examination without further tuition) as of right

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b. one repeat (studying the module on a further occasion and retaking all
the assessment) as of right
c. one referral (as in (a) above) consequent on the repeat.
5. If an MBA student wishes to repeat, or retake, the assessment for a module which
he/she has passed to improve the grade to meet MQA requirements the student must
transfer to a SEGi home-grown award to do so and will cease to be a dual award
student. Their registration with the University of Sunderland will cease.
6. The total mark for a module which has been referred will be capped at the threshold
pass mark by both SEGi and Sunderland. Where a module is repeated the
Sunderland transcript will show a capped mark at the threshold pass mark but the
SEGi transcript will show the actual mark obtained for the assessment.
7. Deferral (taking the assessment at a later time without penalty) is permitted only
when extenuating circumstances have been demonstrated. Marks for deferred
modules are not capped.
8. An undergraduate student may trail failed modules into the next teaching period to
redeem failure in line with C4 above. Students may take further modules at the same
or a higher level alongside the failed modules, provided that they have passed the
necessary pre-requisites for them. However a student must pass at least 50% of the
modules he/she has attempted during one academic year before being allowed to
progress to the next year.
Students must complete their programme within a total of 3 years for a one-year
programme, 6 years for a two-year programme, 9 years for a three-year programme
and 12 years for a four-year programme including any periods of leave of absence.
9. Within a module an average pass-mark is required across all the assessments for the
module as a whole.
10. There is no compensation between modules.
D. Extenuating circumstances, infringements, disciplinary, complaints and
appeals
1. Extenuating circumstances will be considered by a panel convened at SEGi and
including representation either in person or by video-conference from the University
of Sunderland.
A student who submits work or takes an examination has declared him/herself fit to
sit and may not subsequently submit evidence of extenuating circumstances unless
that evidence is intended to show that the student was not fit to make that decision at
the time of the assessment.
2. Infringements in assessment will be addressed by SEGi through its procedures in
consultation with the University of Sunderland. The infringement panel will include a
representative of the University of Sunderland who has not previously been involved
with the case, either in person or by video-conference.
3. Other disciplinary matters will be addressed by SEGi through its procedures in
consultation with the University of Sunderland. Where the disciplinary issue relates to
activities in connection with the students programme of study, the disciplinary panel
will include a representative of the University of Sunderland who has not previously
been involved with the case, either in person or by video-conference. Where the
disciplinary action relates to social or administrative matters the University of
Sunderland will not be represented and will accept the decision of SEGi. Disciplinary

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outcomes may include banning a student from taking an examination where this is
normal practice at SEGi.
Student appeals should be addressed to SEGi using its processes which will
investigate the appeal in the first instance in consultation with the University of
Sunderland. The appeal panel will include a representative of the University of
Sunderland who has not previously been involved with the case, either in person or
by video-conference. If the student is dissatisfied with the outcome he/she may bring
it to the University of Sunderlands Formal Appeal process provided that the terms of
the appeal meet the criteria laid down. The appeal panel will include a representative
of SEGi who has not previously been involved with the case, either in person or by
video-conference, and the student may attend the panel meeting either in person or
by video-conference. Following this the student may have recourse to the Office of
the Independent Adjudicator in the UK.
The University of Sunderland does not allow appeals against a mark or any other
aspect of academic judgement. If an appeal on such grounds is made and supported
the University of Sunderland may exercise its rights under A5 above.
Student complaints should be addressed in the first instance to the institution whose
provision or actions gave rise to the complaint using that institutions standard
procedures. There will be reciprocal representation on the complaint panel in either
institution, either in person or by video-conference, from a member of academic staff
who is not involved with the circumstances of the complaint. If the student is
dissatisfied with the outcome of a complaint made in the first instance to either
institution, he/she may bring it to the University of Sunderlands Complaint Review
process. The Complaint Review panel will include a representative of SEGi who has
not previously been involved with the case, either in person or by video-conference,
and the student may attend the panel meeting either in person or by videoconference. Following this the student may have recourse to the Office of the
Independent Adjudicator in the UK.
The only exception to 6 above will be a complaint to SEGi about matters which are
not relevant to the students academic programme or progress (for example relating
to accommodation or other domestic arrangements or to a disciplinary case in which
the University was not involved under D3 above); in such a case the University of
Sunderland will not be represented in the SEGi complaint investigation.
The University of Sunderland and SEGi may revoke an award if a former student is
subsequently found to have gained the award by malpractice or to have used the
award in a way which brings either institution into disrepute. This will be considered
by the SEGi University Examination Board, including the representative(s) of the
University of Sunderland either in person or by video-conference, and will require the
approval of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sunderland on behalf of
Academic Board. Neither institution may revoke the award without the agreement of
the other.
Correspondence with the students parent or guardian in relation to attendance,
academic progress and related matters may be conducted by SEGi in line with
Malaysian legislation and practice but, to comply with UK legislation, will not be
entered into by the University of Sunderland. SEGi is responsible for making students
aware of this.

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